Personal Attacks and the Anti-Kink Crusade
It’s a losing battle. Too many people do BDSM, or know someone who does. Like gays, lesbians, and bisexuals (but unlike trans folks), there is simply a generational shift, where the numbers necessary for culture-wide political ostracism are going to go away. So they resort to desperation tactics.
In a series of attacks that apparently originated in a private blast email from University of Rhode Island professor Donna M. Hughes, the Salvation Army and others are personally targeting MayMay, a BDSMer and blogger who uses his real name, and who is the founder of the KinkForAll series of conferences.
Because simply shouting that someone is kinky will not convince anyone outside their existing following, some of the people involved have tried to insinuate that he’s a pedophile; saying it in a metaphorical way that could easily be read as a declaration rather than a rhetorical comparison. They should walk that shit right back before they get sued, because depending on the jurisdiction that might be libel per se, and if they had any actual information to that effect they clearly would have used it.
It’s a smear campaign, targeting a vulnerable person. MayMay admits it rattled him, though I expect he’s made of stern stuff and the long term effect will be nil. But this tells us a great deal about the character of the folks who have a problem with kink.